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Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

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An Indie Next pick for December 2012, Song of the Vikings brings to life Snorri Sturluson, wealthy chieftain, wily politician, witty storyteller, and the sole source of Viking lore for all of Western literature. Tales of one-eyed Odin, Thor and his mighty hammer, the trickster Loki, and the beautiful Valkyries have inspired countless writers, poets, and dreamers through the centuries, including Richard Wagner, JRR Tolkien, and Neil Gaiman, and author Nancy Marie Brown brings alive the medieval Icelandic world where it all began. She paints a vivid picture of the Icelandic landscape, with its colossal glaciers and volcanoes, steaming hot springs, and moonscapes of ash, ice, and rock that inspired Snorri’s words, and led him to create unforgettable characters and tales. Drawing on her deep knowledge of Iceland and its history and first-hand reading of the original medieval sources, Brown gives us a richly textured narrative, revealing a spellbinding world that continues to fascinate.

Synopsis:

Much like Greek and Roman mythology, Norse myths are still with us. Famous storytellers from JRR Tolkien to Neil Gaiman have drawn their inspiration from the long-haired, mead-drinking, marauding and pillaging Vikings. Their creator is a thirteenth-century Icelandic chieftain by the name of Snorri Sturluson. Like Homer, Snorri was a bard, writing down and embellishing the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia. Unlike Homer, Snorri was a man of the world—a wily political power player, one of the richest men in Iceland who  came close to ruling it, and even closer to betraying it… In Song of the Vikings, award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown brings Snorri Sturlusons story to life in a richly textured narrative that draws on newly available sources.

About the Author

Nancy Marie Brown is the author of highly-praised books of nonfiction, including The Abacus and the Cross and The Far Traveler. Her work has also appeared in Loquitor, News from Iceland, The Penn Stater, Spektur, and Vermont Magazine. She is fluent in Icelandic and has deep ties to Scandinavian cultural institutions in the US. Formerly the editor of the award-winning magazine Research/Penn State, Brown lives in Vermont. She blogs at nancymariebrown.blogspot.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230338845
Subtitle:
Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
Author:
Brown, Nancy Marie Marie
Author:
Brown, Nancy Marie
Subject:
Scandinavia
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Subject:
World History-Scandinavia
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140107
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 17 black-and-white photographs
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance
History and Social Science » World History » Scandinavia
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Humanities » Mythology » Nordic
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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Much like Greek and Roman mythology, Norse myths are still with us. Famous storytellers from JRR Tolkien to Neil Gaiman have drawn their inspiration from the long-haired, mead-drinking, marauding and pillaging Vikings. Their creator is a thirteenth-century Icelandic chieftain by the name of Snorri Sturluson. Like Homer, Snorri was a bard, writing down and embellishing the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia. Unlike Homer, Snorri was a man of the world—a wily political power player, one of the richest men in Iceland who  came close to ruling it, and even closer to betraying it… In Song of the Vikings, award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown brings Snorri Sturlusons story to life in a richly textured narrative that draws on newly available sources.

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